Directed by Peter Glenville • 1964 • United Kingdom
Starring Richard Burton, Peter O’Toole, John Gielgud
Peter O’Toole delivers an electrifying performance as the mischievous twelfth-century ruler Henry II, who surprises England by naming his fellow rogue and trusted confidant Thomas Becket (Richard Burton in a career-defining role) as chancellor. But when Henry next appoints him Archbishop of Canterbury, Becket shocks the world by openly defying the king with his newfound faith and compassion. Will a desperate ruler now destroy a beloved friend to save his splintering kingdom? John Gielgud costars in this stunning epic based on the Broadway sensation and brought to the screen by legendary producer Hal Wallis.